Advent wreaths are tradition here in Germany and are usually very colorful and most of all green. I posted a glimpse of the one my mom gave us last year here. The idea is to light a candle each sunday before christmas for 4 weeks, so when the fourth candle is lit it will be christmas.
This year I wanted to make our own advent wreath and make it very simple and elegant and scandinavian inspired. I put a lot of thought into it (my work colleagues will tell you I spent all lunch breaks for weeks pondering on the colors and decorations of this wreath) and in the end nearly everything about it is DIY.
I first thought of buying a wooden ring, but couldn’t find one I liked, so I made my own using willow twigs collected in the woods.
It’s easier than it looks and secured with wire holds up really well.
Next were the ornaments. I knew I wanted beeswax candles, so stitched red felt ornaments sounded right and I was itching to do a bit of handstitching anyway.
The candle holders were only available in silver and gold, so we (meaning the boyfriend) simply spraypainted them white.
It turned out just the way I hoped and I love our handmade wreath which we will be using for years!
I seem to be averaging about one pair of socks per year and here’s the latest!
I love knitting socks more than any other knitting. It can be pure meditation, or often just easy knitting while watching a movie with just enough challenge in the heel and toe to keep up interest in the project.
And handmade socks are just so toasty and nice! The yarn is Madeline Tosh in the Vanilla Bean colorway and it’s such a pleasure to work with!
Long time no shop update! With christmas looming, here’s the news all in one handy little post:
- I now offer poster sizes! In addition to 8×12′s I now offer most of my prints in the sizes 16×24 and 20×30. These are wonderful sizes to really make a statement art piece on any lonely wall.
- I’m having a Christmas Sale! If you’re ready to start shopping for christmas gifts, you can now take 20% off with the code CHRISTMAS13 during checkout until 8 December.
- Not very shop related but an update nevertheless: I’m now on Instagram. Just joined up this morning and I’d love to connect with all of you! My username is fotografiekoehler. Do say hi!
Finally, there’s a giveaway going on for one 8×12 print of the winner’s choice from my shop over at Thought and Sight Blog, if you want to hop over for a chance to win.
Can you believe christmas is only a month away? All the baking and making on cozy candlelit evenings, loving every minute of it. I’ll share a glimpse of what I’m working on very soon :)
Skirts are such a wonderful wardrobe addition, they immediately dress up an outfit. I’d been thinking about adding a half circle skirt to my fall wardrobe for a while and when I found this navy blue fabric I knew it would work great. Everyone knows full circle skirts but for a similar look with less fullness, half and quarter circle skirts are just as easy to make and more suited for everday wear (in my opinion at least).
I hadn’t sewn without a pattern for a while and shied away from the required maths, but after searching for tutorials online I settled on these instructions (One | Two ) and in the end it was way easier than it seemed at first.
The fabric is a lovely cotton that is at the same time heavy weight (drapes beautifully) and almost see-through light. Odd, but perfect for this skirt.
The zipper at the back is handpicked and the waistband closes with snaps. The waistband itself is blindstitched to the inside by hand.
I had originally planned to finish the hem with hem tape, which I didn’t have so I tried bias tape. Bad idea. Had to rip all that out again and settled for a very simple double folded hem in the end which works much better.
All in all a quick project for a versatile wardrobe item that can be dressed up or down easily. It actually came out fuller than I had imagined so next time I’ll try a quarter circle skirt!
and the socks.
I hope you all had a great weekend. After nearly two weeks with a broken laptop the IT-savvy boyfriend managed to get it set up again and I mainly spent the weekend getting all my software and back-up data on again and catching up on the work that had piled up. Be back with a sewing post soon!
There’s always time for the kitties though. And apple cake with white chocolate and cardamon at a friend’s house (no doubt not very healthy but sooo good…).
Back at the sewing machine after a too long break. I made a skirt during my days off which I’ve yet to blog but I couldn’t resist sharing this Wiksten Tova blouse first. I won’t go into how much I love these patterns (again)…
I am consciously trying to slow down, in keeping with the season but also with what I know is good for me. Due to an annoying old horseriding injury I move slower as well and I try to enjoy being in the moment more.
What’s this got to do with sewing? I hadn’t stopped to actually enjoy sewing, the motions of making something wearable out of a piece of cloth, for a while and I did that with this blouse.
I took my time, savouring each step of the process. The fabric is a lovely, buttery cotton batiste which was a joy to handle.
I even handbasted the seams that the pattern called for and yes, it does save time in the end and makes the seam finishes so much prettier.
As always there was a bit of a hiccup with the front inset corners but apart from that, sewing up this pattern was smooth sailing and pure joy.
I think it shows in the result too. It’s well made and I even like my topstitching. There are imperfections and parts I’d like to redo (as always) but on the whole I’m really happy with it.
Two weeks off work have come and gone with us mainly hunkering down at home, preparing for autumn and generally not doing many blog-worthy things.
We did get away for two days to the beach in the Netherlands though.
Unfortunately the weather really didn’t cooperate and it rained pretty much the whole time we were there.
Now I’m usually pretty hardy when it comes to weather but while being soaked through once or twice is quite the adventure… by the time you lose count how many times you’ve gotten wet and everything is just dripping and cold it really stops being fun. We just tried to make the best of it.
And while we’re at this being a bit of a rant, I’ll say that the week after didn’t fare much better with me having headaches and a stomache-ache for most of it in addition to not being able to sit very well (old injury from a fall off the pony which decided to make itself known again), culminating in the worst, head-splitting headache yesterday. I’ll be so glad to see the end of this week. Sorry, just needed out today.
And I promise my next post will be more cheerful because I have some sewing to share as soon as I am recovered enough to take photos :)